As seafood enthusiasts with a modest oyster addiction, our utter excitement and expectations for our experience at Liberty Kitchen were already high. Who knew that the decor alone would knock us off of our feet? The clean lines, edison bulbs, super cool ceiling, and perfectly balanced color palette set the tone for this awesome culinary journey. We slid into our sleek, modern booth facing the open concept kitchen and a private room to our left adorned with wine bottles on the wall, and so began a fantastic time at this causal, yet chic Gulf Coast style dining restaurant.
Chef Crash, who hails from the Liberty Kitchen in Houston, Texas owned by F.E.E.D TX Restaurant Group, started us off with the Deviled Egg Trial. Holy cow, what a way to start the meal! Hot smoked salmon, a fried oyster, pimento cheese n crab, and our favorite, the spicy fried chicken n’ sauce. This starter paired with our light and berry filled Lillie Langatry libation from the restaurant’s impressive cocktail program was delicious, but the stand out element was the delectable bacon jam that Liberty Kitchen bottles and sells in mason jars. We would happily buy this in bulk and gift this bacon jam to anyone near and dear to our hearts with confidence that we have just given them the greatest gift of their lives.
Next up was the Fort Nonsense. Words can not describe the overwhelming feeling of joy that washed over us as this was delivered by Liberty Kitchen’s gracious and attentive servers. The Fort Nonsense is completely stacked with any and all of your desired treats from the sea. The oysters, lobster, king crab, jumbo shrimp, and clams are all delivered fresh- sometimes twice a day from The Gulf and New England. The oysters ranged from large gulf oysters to small, salty, briny oysters. Lulu’s Salad was full of shellfish, squid, herbs, olive, avocado, and a medley of other fresh vegetables.
The following dish is one of Liberty’s most popular menu items, the Shanghai Sweet and Chili Fried Whole Lobster. After this insanely delicious dish, we continued our ascent towards foodie heaven with the ribeye, delectable mashed potatoes, and brussels sprouts. As an avid hunter of the greatest brussels sprouts in the City of Austin, these shaved brussels complete with smoked grapes, bacon, and a hint of horseradish are definite front runners.
As we sipped the refreshing Gin and Tonic, eyeing the comfortable seating and enjoying the exceptionally curated music playing in the background, we looked over Liberty Kitchen’s insane brunch menu. This hot spot boasts an outrageously delicious brunch on Saturdays and Sundays until 2:30 pm with dishes ranging from sweets like Cinnamon Challah French Toast to Oeuf Mollet. Liberty Kitchen’s happy hour is also quite the standout and a must-go considering it is EVERYDAY from 3pm-6pm boasting 50 cents off of oysters, half off burgers, queso, chicken wings, and select bottles of wine. And in addition to happy hour, Liberty Kitchen is also open 7 days a week for lunch!
The menu and experience at Liberty Kitchen so far had been incredible, but the dessert elevated this experience to something unrivaled. These are the desserts one would order for my ‘last meal.’ The Mexican Cinnamon Chocolate & Cajeta Bread Pudding and the Breakfast Cereal Style Shake were rich, decadent, and oh so chocolate-y. Second to our love affair with seafood is our passion for desserts and we would eat several of these many times a day. Chef Crash, you can expect to see us for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and any time in between.
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— Contributed by Erica Greenwald —